Happy Release Day to The Strumbellas! Their new album, HOPE, is now available on CD, Vinyl, and digitally. You can buy the record here and tune in on Spotify here. Take a look at the recent review of HOPE by John Pareles of The New York Times and Alex Hudson of Exclaim.
The blues might not be the first place you’d expect to find Whitehorse – noted roots noir slingers – at work, but as told to American Songwriter, the project brings Luke Doucet both back to his formative years in Winnipeg: “‘Nadine’ is a song I played with my father when I was a teenager still trying to understand the basics of rock and roll. This track is the most paradoxical of all the reinterpretations on this record – the drum machine sounds pretty foreign against the lyric and the blues chords. In our minds, these disparate elements go together really well. We hear them in music all around us, if not delivered in songs written in the 50s…Ironically, there’s not much Chuck in the guitars. I leaned on Hendrix to bridge the gaps, as many have done before me. The two vocals, delivering a PJ Harvey-inspired take on the melody, makes the story darker than Chuck’s original lyric intended.”
Whitehorse’s version of “Nadine” is shadowy and ominous, the result of the duo’s orbit around more sinister matter. “Poor Nadine can’t seem to lose this guy. We wonder if maybe there’s a bit of a dark side to this story, so we aim to bring that out in the music,” McClelland notes to American Songwriter.
The release of The Northern South Vol. 1 comes hot on the heels of a big weekend at the Junos in Calgary, where they won Adult Alternative Album of the Year for Leave No Bridge Unburned and put in a thermogenic performance of “Tame as the Wild Ones” on the televised broadcast.
The Northern South Vol. 1 is now available for pre-order on iTunes & Google Play. You can stream Pretty Thing & My Babe on Spotify today.
BACK WITH A BANG: INTERSTELLAR RODEO 2016 TAKES SHAPE WITH OUT OF THIS WORLD TALENT. FIRST ROUND OF PERFORMERS ANNOUNCED FOR THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL.
Interstellar Rodeo Winnipeg brings its first-class music festival back to The Forks for a second year, August 12-14, 2016. Last year, #iRodeoWPG made a splashy debut with its inspired, exquisitely curated weekend from top-to-bottom – a fabulous musical lineup, wine pairings and gourmet food, all set right in the heart of the city. Interstellar Rodeo wows Winnipeggers with its vibrant take on the summer music festival that includes a considerate, audience-centered experience and seamless organizational approach.
Interstellar Rodeo Winnipeg’s 2016 lineup is:
case / lang / veirs
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Lee Fields & The Expressions
Thao & the Get Down Stay Down
The Wet Secrets
Interstellar Rodeo offers Winnipeg music fans a cohesive statement on what’s great, what’s hot and what’s next in contemporary roots and Americana music and beyond. This year’s lineup includes generational talents, rising stars and musical discoveries to thrill, inspire and satisfy Winnipeggers looking to experience a music festival that promotes excellence in every way possible.
Interstellar Rodeo takes place August 12-14, 2016 at The Forks. More performers, wine pairings, food trucks and other festival details will be revealed over the coming weeks.
Weekend passes go on sale SATURDAY, APRIL 16 @ 8am CST. Fore more information, visit www.insterstellarrodeo.com
Alongside his new record, Danny has unveiled a brand new video for his song “Good Old Days.” Watch it below.
Danny Michel Tour Dates:
A few dates coming up. Only a few Toronto tickets left!!
April 22-23 Halifax NS, The Carleton
April 27 Woodstock ON, Theatre Woodstock
April 29 Hamilton ON, Mills Hardware
April 30 Elora ON, Elora Brewing Company
May 01 Guelph ON, Manhattans
May 04 Peterborough ON, Gordon Best Theatre
May 06 Ottawa ON, St. Alban’s Church
May 07 Kingston ON, The Grad Club
May 10 Goderich ON, Livery Theatre
May 11 Sarnia ON, Sarnia Library Auditorium
May 12 Toronto, ON Lula Lounge
May 13 Creemore, ON, Avening Hall
May 14 London ON, London Music Club
May 17 – June 1 Portugal, Gold Medal Plates event info
June 04 Cumberland BC, The Cumberland Hotel
June 06 Duncan BC, Duncan Garage Showroom
June 08 Coquitlam BC, Evergreen Cultural Centre
June 09 White Rock, Blue Frog Studios
June 10 Vancouver BC, St. James Hall
June 12 Calgary AB, Ironwood Stage and Grill
June 14 Canmore AB, Communitea Café
June 16 Lethbridge AB, The Slice Bar & Grill
June 17 Edmonton AB, The Needle Vinyl Tavern
July 15-17 Saskatoon SK, Ness Creek Festival
Aug 22 – Sept 8th Quark Arctic Expedition w/Chris Hadfield
Fresh off their Juno win for Adult Alternative Album of the Year (Leave No Bridge Unburned) and sizzling performance of “Tame As The Wild Ones” on Sunday’s broadcast, Six Shooter Records is thrilled to confirm that Whitehorse will be on the bill at this year’s Interstellar Rodeo Edmonton, July 22-24, 2016 at Hawrelak Park and at The Forks in Winnipeg on August 12-14, 2016.
Full lineup announcement happening soon.
Danny Michel’s upcoming album, Matadora, is available for pre-order on iTunes and Google Play. Purchase the album today and download “Click Click” instantly. Matadora will be released on April 8 world wide.
Watch Danny’s new video for Click Click below.
Six Shooter Artist SXSW Shows:
3/17 – 9pm: Pandora Discovery Den, The Gatsby
3/18 – 12pm: Luck Banquet, Willie’s Ranch
3/19 – 2pm: SX Sun Radio, The Backstage
3/19 – 5pm: Brooklyn Country Cantina, Licha’s
3/16 – 3:20pm: Lamberts (C3 Presents Party)
3/16 – 5:30pm: Sidewinder (Secret Sounds/Splendour In The Grass Party)
3/17 – 7:30am: W Hotel (KGSR Live Broadcast)
3/17 – 2pm: The Gatsby (Pandora/Americana Showcase)
3/17 – 3:45pm: JW Marriott Austin (Music is Universal Showcase)
3/17 – 10pm: The Parish (Paradigm Agency Showcase)
3/18 – 2:30pm: The Mohawk (Windish Party)
3/18 – 4pm: Banger’s Sausage House (Stubhub @ SXSW)
3/19 – 11:30am: Stubb’s BBQ (Rachel Ray Feedback Party)
3/19 – 5:15pm: Friends Bar (Toronto Meets World at Canada House)
3/19 – 9pm: Swan Dive (Interstellar Rodeo Showcase)
The Wet Secrets
3/15 – 4:45pm: BreakOut West Interactive Party, The Majestic
3/17 – 2:15pm: Canada House, Friends Bar
3/18 – 1am: CMW Showcase, Friends Bar
3/19 – Midnight: Interstellar Rodeo, Swan Dive
3/17 – 3pm: Twangfest, The Broken Spoke
3/18 – 4pm: Ameripolitan Showcase, Continental Club
3/19 – 3pm: Conqueroo/Jenni Friday, Threadgills Outdoor Stage
3/19 – 4:30pm: Canada House, Friends Bar
3/19 – 10pm: Interstellar Rodeo, Swan Dive
3/20 – David Garza’s Closing Night Bash, The Continental Club
A PIECE OF THE CONTINENT, A PART OF THE MAIN: DANNY MICHEL ANNOUNCES MATADORA, COMING APRIL 8, 2016 ON SIX SHOOTER RECORDS.
Danny Michel, environmentalist, pacifist, romanticist, archivist and space enthusiast, returns with Matadora, his newest and most deeply humanist album to date. As a whole, the ten-song collection explores themes of individual and collective agency, and wills us to find hope in grief, tolerance in violence, and love in hate.
After the musical village approach involved in making an album in Belize, Matadora’s origin is a different sort of island, self-produced, recorded and mixed all by Michel in his home studio in Waterloo, Ontario. Matadora tempers the tropical escapism of the Juno-nominated Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me with a dose of harsher realities – breaking news, loneliness, laundry – all delivered tenderly with Michel’s signature empathy.
In place of Black Birds’ balmy clime, the warmth of Matadora comes from within, as materially present as breath that condenses on a window. This body-generated steaminess is front and centre on “Get Lost,” a knee-weakening soliloquy with a slow jam beat.
Matadora has two types of love letters, those meant just for one and those addressed to all. The song “Click Click” is one part dream sequence, one part political platform – as passionate as “Get Lost” but on a much larger scale. “Click Click” shows Michel’s mastery of exploring big questions in small details; he confronts tragedy and violence with delicacy and grace.
There are also a handful of songs that taste of ocean and carry forward the vibe and instrumentation from Black Birds in breezy fashion. Title track “Matadora,” “Paris Las Vegas,” and “Good Old Days” provide a bridge from Michel’s previous release, one that consumed two years from recording to the final sold out stop on the North American tour he did with The Garifuna Collective.
On Matadora, Michel’s red flag waves as an open-ended question posed in the title track: Are we all the bull on beaten days, or are we the matadora in many ways?
Six Shooter Records will release Matadora on April 8, 2016.
Pre-Order Matadora on CD and Vinyl here. Pre-Order the album on iTunes and Google Play on March 25.
COBALT, ON: Classic Theatre, Mar 19
HALIFAX, NS: The Carleton, Apr 22
WOODSTOCK, ON: Theatre Woodstock, April 27
HAMILTON, ON: Mills Hardware, April 29
ELORA, ON: Elora Brewing Company, Apr 30
GUELPH, ON: Manhattans, May 1
PETERBOROUGH, ON: Gordon Best Theatre, May 4
OTTAWA, ON: St. Alban’s Church, May 5 + 6
TORONTO, ON: Lula Lounge, May 12
LONDON, ON: London Music Club, May 14
ABOUT DANNY MICHEL:
With nominations for three JUNO Awards, The Polaris Prize, The CBC’s “Heart Of Gold” and a pile of albums under his belt, Danny Michel is unquestionably one of Canada’s finest songwriters. His thoughtful lyrics and earnest performances have earned him a devoted fan base. Michel is a musical chameleon, able to slip into many genres with ease.
Past critics have praised Danny’s lyrics for having “something to say” without coming off preachy. His environmental song “Feather Fur & Fin,” landed on both CBC’s “Global Goals Playlist” & David Suzuki’s “Playlist For The Planet”. Other songs ask big questions like “If God’s on your side, then who’s on mine” and “Who’s gonna miss you when you’re gone?” a song which explores karma asking “Did you live it right or did you live it wrong?”
In 2011 Danny relocated to Belize and founded the “Danny Michel Ocean Academy” to help raise scholarships for small non-profit community high school. To date he’s raised over $70,000.00 for the school, and he volunteers there whenever he can.
For his most recent release, he tracked down one of his favourite bands, The Garifuna Collective, a unique Afro-Amerindian cultural group and convinced them to make an album together. That album, Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me, was quoted as “One of the finest musical works of our time,” by Billboard’s Larry Leblanc. The album landed him a 3rd JUNO nomination (this time in the “World Music” category) and a sold out summer tour of North America with The Garifuna Collective.
Now, four years later, Michel returns with Matadora, an album that promotes Michel’s particular humanism, a message of peace and love and stardust.
We’re excited to share that the new all-star group built of Neko Case, K.D. Lang, and Laura Veirs, is one of our headliners for Interstellar Rodeo in Winnipeg this summer. #iRodeoWPG will return to The Forks on August 12-14, 2016. Listen to their new single, Atomic Number, on Spotify or download it on iTunes today.
The full lineup will be announced this Spring
Download it on iTunes here.
On The Northern South, Vol. 1, coming May 6, 2016, Whitehorse inhabits the kitchens and Cadillacs of Jimmy Reed, Willie Dixon, Howlin’ Wolf and others in their homage to one of the most important addresses in music, 2120 S. Michigan Avenue circa 1960, and the astonishing catalogues of Chess and Checker Records.
“Pretty Thing,” the second song to be revealed from Whitehorse’s new collection, was originally written by Willie Dixon in 1955, made famous by Bo Diddley (the ‘Bo Diddley beat’ was the backbone of the song “Downtown” from Leave No Bridge Unburned).
On “Pretty Thing,” Whitehorse plays the guitar solo in unison but in different octaves. Melissa McClelland is playing the light and snappy Shyboy Telecaster (made by Toronto builder Brad Keogan) though a GA18. The guitar is blend of 1950’s stye pickups and electronics, with a rosewood fretboard that started to appear on Fenders in 1959 and was ubiquitous through the 1960s. Harmonica pass by Luke Doucet.
The Northern South Vol. 1 will be available on May, 2016 worldwide.
#Hope is almost here. Pre-order a digital copy of The Strumbellas upcoming album, HOPE, today on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon. Each pre-order comes with an instant download of the chart smashing #1 hit, Spirits. Hope will be released on April 22, 2016. You can also pre-order the CD and beautiful blue vinyl through the Six Shooter webstore here.